Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken

I can't really think of anything clever or interesting to say about this recipe other than that it's super good! I always love a good lemon dish but don't really like it when the lemon is too overpowering. This chicken has just the right amount of lemoniness (is that a word?) and sweetness from the brown sugar. I've made this recipe with both chicken breasts and chicken tenders. Both are delicious but my husband said he thinks he likes the tenders best. Either way this chicken is super tender from first cooking it over the stove and then finishing it off in the oven. It's also really easy to prepare and you'll more than likely have all of the ingredients on hand so it makes a great last minute meal.

Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken
(adapted from here)

  • 3-4 chicken breasts (or you can use 1-1.5 lb. chicken tenders)
  • lemon zest from 1 large lemon
  • juice from 2 large lemons
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar
preheat oven to 350 degrees. pound out chicken to 1/2 inch thick if using chicken breasts. 

in a shallow dish combine flour, paprika and salt. toss chicken in flour mixture to completely coat. in a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. place chicken in oil and brown on each side, about 4 minutes for chicken breasts and 2-3 minutes for tenders. it should have a nice crust on it. remove chicken to a baking dish. 

pour lemon juice in the hot pan and whisk to deglaze. pour juice over chicken. sprinkle chicken with lemon zest and brown sugar. bake 30 minutes for chicken breasts or 20-25 minutes for tenders.

1 comment:

Joleen Rees said...

I can totally vouch for the last minute meal. It worked for me and my husband yesterday! Delicious!! Thanks :)